This document describes two related but somewhat disparate concepts: First, how to run Bcfg2 under SELinux; and secondly, how to use Bcfg2 to manage SELinux.
New in version 1.3.0.
Bcfg2 now ships with an SELinux policy that can be used to run both the client and server in enforcing mode. (Most of the helper tools, like bcfg2-info and bcfg2-admin, will still need to be run unconfined.)
It defines the following booleans:
|Boolean Name||Description||Plugins Affected||Default|
|bcfg2_server_exec_scripts||Allow the Bcfg2 server to execute scripts in unconfined_t. This ability is limited to scripts in the bcfg2_server_script_exec_t context. If this boolean is off, then external server-side scripts will be run in bcfg2_server_t, which is a fairly limited context.||Trigger and PuppetENC, and Cfg Content Validation||off|
|bcfg2_server_can_network_connect_db||Allow the Bcfg2 server to connect to databases (e.g., MySQL and PostgreSQL)||Reporting, the Clients Database feature of Metadata, and the database Data Storage feature of Probes||off|
It also defines the following SELinux types:
|bcfg2_t||The context the Bcfg2 client runs in|
|bcfg2_exec_t||The context of the Bcfg2 client script itself|
|bcfg2_server_t||The context the Bcfg2 server runs in|
|bcfg2_server_exec_t||The context of the Bcfg2 server script itself|
|bcfg2_initrc_exec_t||The context of the Bcfg2 client init script|
|bcfg2_server_initrc_exec_t||The context of the Bcfg2 server init script|
|bcfg2_var_lib_t||The context of most Bcfg2 specification data, with the exception of the executable scripts in bcfg2_server_script_exec_t|
|bcfg2_server_script_t||The context server-side scripts run in. This type is unconfined if the bcfg2_server_exec_scripts is on.|
|bcfg2_server_script_exec_t||The context of the server-side scripts in the Bcfg2 specification|
|bcfg2_yum_helper_exec_t||The context of the bcfg2-yum-helper script|
|bcfg2_var_run_t||The context of the server pidfile|
|bcfg2_lock_t||The context of the client lock file|
|bcfg2_conf_t||The context of bcfg2.conf|
|bcfg2_tmp_t||The context of temp files created by the Bcfg2 server|
If you do run your server in enforcing mode, it is highly recommend that you run restorecon -R /var/lib/bcfg2 every time you update the content in that directory, particularly if you are using plugins that execute arbitrary scripts.
New in version 1.3.0.
Bcfg2 has the ability to handle the majority of SELinux entries with the SELinux entry type, which handles modules (with the SEModules plugin), file contexts, users and user mappings, permissive domains, nodes, and interfaces. In addition, info.xml files and most types of the Path tag can accept an secontext attribute to set the context of that entry. The full semantics of each configuration entry is documented with the Rules plugin.
The secontext attribute takes a full context, e.g., “system_u:object_r:etc_t:s0”; the selinuxtype attribute always takes only an SELinux type, e.g., “etc_t”. secontext (but not selinuxtype) can also accept the special value “__default__”, which will restore the context on the Path entry in question to the default supplied by the SELinux policy.
In its current version, the SELinux support in Bcfg2 is not sufficient to manage MCS/MLS policies.
As it can be very tedious to create a baseline of all existing SELinux entries, you can use selinux_baseline.py located in the tools/ directory to do that for you.
The actual definition of an “extra” entry actually depends on the version of SELinux available; the SELinux APIs have been extremely fluid, so many features available in newer versions are not available in older versions. Newer SELinux versions (e.g., in recent versions of Fedora) can be queried for only entries that have been locally modified; on these versions of SELinux, only locally modified entries will be considered extra. On older SELinux versions (e.g., on RHEL 5), however, that functionality is missing, so all SELinux entries will be considered extra, making selinux_baseline.py quite necessary.
selinux_baseline.py writes a bundle to stdout that contains BoundSELinux entries for the appropriate SELinux entities.
It may be necessary to use BoundSEFcontext tags if a single fcontext needs two different SELinux types depending on whether it’s a symlink or a plain file. For instance:
<BoundSEFcontext filetype="symlink" name="/etc/localtime" selinuxtype="etc_t"/> <BoundSEFcontext filetype="regular" name="/etc/localtime" selinuxtype="locale_t"/>